Getting-along: Jay and Dave, aliens and the rest of us

Today's TV

January 02, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Lawyers, aliens and talk-radio folks nothing but the best on TV tonight.

* "Alien Nation: Millennium" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- "Can't we all get along?" Years before Rodney King, the folks at "Alien Nation" were asking much the same question through this series about beings from two planets forced to co-exist. The new sequel to the series, which went off the air in 1991, premieres with a built-in following that should ensure it a pretty good-sized audience. The series always had a clever premise, cleverly executed, so the movie -- essentially a crime story about a secret sect -- should be worth watching. Fox.

* "NewsRadio" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Tonight's a mini-reunion of sorts, as former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Dennis Miller guest-stars on former "SNL"-er Phil Hartman's sitcom. Mr. Hartman's pompous newscaster is only one of a team of great characters on this show which, back-to-back with "Frasier," gives NBC a pretty potent Tuesday-night punch. NBC.

* "The Trouble With Lawyers" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Everyone knows the trouble with lawyers, right? See if your answer jibes with those offered in this ABC news special. ABC.

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* "Bret Maverick: The Lazy Ace" (4 p.m.-6 p.m., TNT) -- This 1981 TV pilot brought James Garner back to the role that first made him famous more than two decades earlier. Few characters in television history are more fun to watch than Bret Maverick, and few actors more consistently excellent than James Garner. Check this out.

* "Gone With the Wind (Part 1)" (8 p.m.-10:15 p.m., TNT) -- The greatest movie of all time? Maybe. It's certainly one of those movies everyone should see at least once. Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara is a screen classic, Clark Gable is Clark Gable (in 1939, that was plenty), and the movie even features future-Superman George Reeves, as one of Scarlett's beaus in the opening scene. (Part 2 airs 8 p.m.-10:45 p.m. tomorrow.)

* "Late Night with David Letterman" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., E!) -- Here's something you sure don't see on TV anymore -- Jay Leno as a guest on David Letterman's show. These guys were always great together; in fact, Mr. Leno has rarely been as funny on his own as he was during his many appearances on "Late Night," and Dave has often said that Jay is one of his favorite comedians. This vintage repeat should be a riot.

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